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supervisor mar: good morning. the need to and come to quarter. this is the meeting for october 28, 2010, the meeting of the government on its end of oversight committee of the san francisco board of supervisors. our clerk -- i would also like to thank the sfgtv staff for their great work in the city as well. could you please make any announcements? >> please make sure to turn of cell phones and pagers. completed speaker cards and copies of any documents to be included as part of the file should be submitted to the clerk. items act upon today will appear on the november 9 board of supervisors agenda unless
otherwise stated. supervisor mar: thank you, and we have three items on the agenda today. please call item 1. >> item 1, motion directing the budget and legislative analyst to conduct three audits in fiscal year 2010-2011. supervisor mar: this item has been to committee several times, so this is a report from the budget and legislative analyst's office. >> good morning. as you stated, we have had several presentations on proposed audits for calendar year 2010. so this motion is basically the result of the prior meeting. at that meeting, i was requested to also meet with the controller's office and the department of human resources to speak specifically about the
second audit, the one that had mou provisions. i did meet with them, and we agreed to have a narrower scope for this project at this time. looking specifically at the city's implementation of a worker pays city-wide, they identified that as two high risk areas that need would further review. for the second audit on here, at this point, and narrowed the scope to those pieces. supervisor mar: thank you. are there any questions or comments? seeing none, let's open up for public comment. is there anyone from the public that would like to speak? seeing none, public comment is closed. is there a motion on this item? with recommendation, without objection. thank you. could you please call item two? >> item two, ordinance on many
of the san francisco administrative code to establish the city's open data policy and require city departments to make appropriate data available to the public. supervisor mar: thank you, and we have jason elliott from the mayor's office. >> good morning. thank you for having this hearing this morning. we are discussing this morning a proposed ordinance, but did of policy that would establish what already exists in the form of the executive director that the mayor -- executive directive that the mayor issued about a year ago whereby departments would be required to submit data sets to an online landing pad, 311, where that data would be publicly accessible by anyone to develop applications, to see what the city is doing, and generally promote transparency, accountability, and openness.
i would like to let jane speak more eloquently about how this works and why we are doing it, but before i do that, if i could read a couple of amendments into the record. i believe you were given paper copies of this. ok, great, on page two, starting with 11, section two from the city departments required to make available each city department, board, an agency shall make reasonable efforts to make available data sets under the department's control, provided however that such disclosures shall be consistent with the rules and standards promulgated by the committee on information technology and with applicable laws including laws related to privacy. if i could also be pleased on page 3 beginning with line one, did a policy, each plan shall include an accounting of public data sets under the control of the department, and rules for
including open data requirements-applicable city contracts. they evaluate the mayor's feasibility of making city datasets pursuant to a generic license such as those offered by created commons, which could grant a user the right to copy, distribute, display, and create derivative works. thank you for allowing me to do that. >> find you, jason -- thank you, jason. i am with the department of technology. i will be explaining briefly what open date that is, the benefits, and what we have accomplished to date, and a quick summary of the legislation itself.
so what is open data? open date it is structured data. spreadsheets, a tabular form. it is not .pdf or word documents, and because of that, it is a machine readable, and that is an important part of it here you can create applications and analysis out of it. there is a lot you can do. open did it is also freely available to the public at no charge with very minimal restrictions. it also respects existing privacy and security laws that are in place, whether local, state, or federal, and it is really a proactive disclosure of government information. departments and agencies are for one actively putting structured machine-readable data out into
the public. so why is open did it important? if improve transparency and accountability. journalists have access to more information. artists, technology community -- generally, anyone interested in government has structured information they can use for various reasons. it also stimulates economic development. we have seen a number of companies that have been substantiated both here locally and elsewhere. an example i would like to submit is a company in san diego on track to make $10 million in revenue by making sense of department of labor information, so there it is a new emerging space of opportunity. it also fosters collaboration between cities, state, and federal governments. as an example, the department of
technology worked with other city -- cities to establish ways [no audio] it also enhances civic participation. if people have more information, they can provide input and raise awareness, and there is greater trust in government. so what have we done to date? we have made a good foundation, launched datasf.org, which is a data catalog. think of that as a yellow pages for data in san francisco. so far, we have 182 datasets, and i think that is a good start. there is also a mechanism for people to provide feedback. also, we have got really good for dissipation. 27 departments have precipitated
willingly, and as you can see in some of the letters of support, there is great value in sharing data with the public. as jason mentioned, the executive directive was issued in october 2009 that kind of put a framework around this. to date, we have over 50 applications that have been developed. this is a quality of life issue for people, and transit information is critical. we also have a lot of 311 applications, so people see graffiti in their neighborhoods, there is different mechanisms for those people to interact with their city. they can call, and they have many other options now. i want to make it clear that the city did not spend a dime on these applications.
they were developed by a third party. sometimes hobbyists, sometimes for economic reasons, but the city does not pay for any of this. also, open date it is a growing movement. -- open data is a growing movement. it started with president obama and his position on transparency, and the federal government establishing a web site called data.gov. in san francisco, we thought this was great. we followed in their footsteps. the u.k., and several other countries are doing this now. australia. the state of california is also moving in this direction, and several cities are as low, but we are definitely one of the pioneers and one of the leaders. to give you a sense of what it looks like, if you look to the screen, and you will see that it
has got data sets there that people can read and comment on. you can get more information as to how to get that information. i want to state that it is very easy for departments to use. they just need to register on the website, fill out a form describing the data sets a bit, and they are gone, so they can be done in about five minutes. here is an example. this is an iphone application that riders of muni can use to know when the bus is coming next. this is a family friendly application. it is using red and hard information, so if you are a parent here, you can no what is going on, where the nearest
playground is, depending on where you are. there are five applications to date, and they work in washington, d.c., and any other state that has adopted the standard we have worked very hard to establish, and there is a whole bunch more being created. again, this is kind of leveraging the creativity of our community. in summary, the ordinance actually establishes a single portal, datasf, and it institutionalizes the method for public feedback so people can give an idea of what they are looking for. it also requires coit to deal with some of the technical aspects of open data, such as setting technical standards, looking at whether we need to make improvements in the software contract, and also, it
looks to create a generic license so people are not confused as to what the legal noose is around data. so that is my presentation. if you have questions, i'm happy to -- [no audio] supervisor mar: i wanted to thank you. it sounds like one of the amendments is to address privacy concerns. i know that is something that people have raised when i talk to them about this. can you talk about how we are protecting people's privacy while still being open and ++ for
my guess is overall, there is no hit on the general fund, and this is promoting policies so that san francisco can be a national leader of open government and data, but what i really like is how many of these applications not just for the iphone but for android phones and other things can make people's lives better from not getting a street take it -- not getting a ticket with there is street cleaning to the mom maps. even the crime statistics and data sets are really useful. another one that i found on the web site, the -- on the web site -- on the website was teh sf trees application. a lot of useful applications, especially the one about not getting private tickets. a useful views of data so that
it helps people. thank you very much for the help on this. are there any questions, colleagues? supervisor maxwell. >> [no audio] >> i think it can be in that often, departments get requested the same information or data sets, so instead of individually responding, they can be proactive and put this on datasf so that everyone has access to the information. i can give you an example. the people who make maps in the city often get requests for maps of the neighborhood in the city. what they did was put it on line way before datasets even
existed. so they put it on their website. supervisor maxwell: great, thank you. supervisor mar: seeing no other questions, why don't we open this up for public comment? is there anyone who would like to speak? please come forward. m i n a web producer. we are -- i am -- >> i am a web producer. this proposed legislation is the enormously exciting to me and the rest of my teen because what we tried to do with open government data is for by a public service, creating new tools that the community can use. one thing that gets in the way is the time it takes to access
to government data just because people are busy and just because of the way public record requests work. it can be a pretty tedious process. the other thing that is really exciting about this is the productivity factor. instead of us having to wonder what data sets are out there and available, we actually have a central place where we can look and see what is available to us instead of having to do reporting to figure that out. there are so many amazing new tools and technologies available to journalists a round crowd sourcing and data visualization and napping. i believe that having an open, easily accessible platform just allows us to fulfill our mission of public service in a faster, easier, who will weigh -- cooler
way. supervisor mar: if you would like to speak, please wait over on this side. >> find the chief technology officer at a bay area law firm. a lot of our clients on nonprofits and a lot of news organizations all over the area, so we are excited to get our hands on the stated -- nonprofits and a lot of youth organizations all over the area, so we are excited to get our hands on this data. if this process is set up, people can use this information and do interesting things with the information with our non- profit partners. we are really excited about it. most of our partners are outside san francisco, but i
know this could become a national model. we can push other cities to adopt it. supervisor mar: what is your organization? >> we are web application developers. sort of like the neighborhood improvement association, after- school tutoring programs, so they already require this information, but right now, it takes a long time to get it, and there is a lot of things they would want to be able to do that they do not have access to. if they get some of this information, it will help them deliver services but also advocate for certain -- supervisor mar: so i'm seeing that it is useful not just application developers but researchers and journalists and the public as well.
i was in a meeting with health care advocates and organizers, but i could see that it would be useful. >> we are working on a mobile app right now. if we could get some of the other large cities, we really get a big picture of what we should be doing and where we should be targeting our efforts, so we are really excited. supervisor mar: thank you so much. >> i'm proud to live in a city that has an open date of policy. i teach at stanford university. i would like to point out the power of opening it up to also -- supervisor maxwell: could you move the microphone -- thank you. >> i would like to point out how
or opening up the platform for allowing people to comment on data. let me give you and a sample. having reviews of books is much more powerful than just knowing what the folks far, so what i see as a possibility for us is to have the people of san francisco actually make the data that government provides even better, even clearer. you have seen this on google nappes, for instance, where citizens change locations if they are wrong. they fix mistakes. they create additional layers of information, and you are seeing that at amazon were people create data, which is useful for the rest of the world. supervisor mar: thank you. is there anyone else who would like to speak?
, i do customer service at craig's list, though i am not speaking for the company. i have been working with open government on multiple levels. i use some of the more mundane aspects of this every day light using an application by phone to tell me when the next bus is coming, which is a great blessing at times, but i'm stuck on the notion that the move involves trying to talk to the rank and file of any government agency. the people on the front lines often know what is going on better than the people who run things, and if they can get together and suggest things with a commitment from the boss to make things happen, that gets results. that is being done right now in
an accelerated way at veterans affairs. it is being done similarly at hhs, where they are making a move to change the whole culture in this direction. it will government not only includes data, which can be pretty useful, but it also includes new ways of doing things, which is pretty much good for everyone because we all remember coming up through the levels and higher, learning new stuff, and that can be applied to things beyond that. these are my back of losses, and yes, the 1980's called for their glasses back. [laughter] supervisor mar: is there anyone else who would like to speak? seeing none, public comment is closed. we have a couple of minor amendments. without objection, the amendments are accepted. is there a motion on the
ordinance as amended? any objection? we will move this forward positively. >> i want thank everybody for coming. i think this is going to be great, and i really like the thought of people being able to respond directly to the information because that is really i think what has changed in media today is there is a lot being put out there, but then people are correct and it almost instantly, and i think that is what is making it alive and well. supervisor mar: and thank you for the great presentation. could you please call item 3? >> item 3, hearing on the findings and recommendations of the performance audit of the alemany farmer's market, conducted by the budget and legislative analyst's office. supervisor maxwell: many of you are supporters and customers of the alemany farmer's market, the
first of its kind in california. the market has a rich history and continues to be wildly popular. it is an incredible resource to the city. i called for this audit because i thought there was room for improvement in the product we are providing. being the only farmers market in san francisco that we the city operate, i believe we have a special obligation to ensure that the market is the best it can be. this report has identified some fairly easy fixes and some not so easy that we can make that should lead to dramatic improvements in the operation of the market. i want to thank the budget analysts for their exploration of these issues as well as the leadership of the real-estate department for being an active partner throughout the process. i know that the department will continue to work closely with us as we move forward. i would like to ask the budget analyst to come up, and i appreciate thatth